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On  SATURDAY  and  SUNDAY,  MAY  14th  and  15th,  1853. 

,  ELDER  THOMAS  SQUIRES,  President. 


ELDER  JACOB  SECRIST,  Lato  of  the  German  Mission  ; 

„        J.  T.  HARDY,  President  of  the  Hull  Conference  ;  and 

„        ANDREW  GALLOWAY,  President  of  the  Isle  of  Man  Conference- 


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The  first  instruments  in  raising  up  this  Conference  were  Elders  Isaac  Russell  and 
Priest  Snyder,  who  were  appointed  on  a  mission  to  Alston,  m  Cumberland,  by  a 
Council  of  the  first  Elders  that  came  to  England,  held  July  31st,  1837,  eleven  days 
after  they  landed  in  Liverpool. 

Elder  Russell  continued  to  labour  in  Alston,  Brampton,  &c.,  until  about  March, 
1838,  and  returned  to  Preston,  leaving  about  sixty  members  in  the  care  of  Elder 
Jacob  Peart. 

At  the  General  Conference,  held  in  Manchester,  July  6th,  1840,  two  Branches 
were  represented  by  Elder  John  Sanders,  viz.,  Alston  and  Brampton.  The  former 
contained  36  members,  2  Elders,  2  Priests,  and  2  Teachers  ;  and  the  latter  36  mem- 
bers, 1  Elder,  and  1  Priest. 

Elder  Amos  Fielding  and  Priest  John  Wytch  were  appointed  at  the  same  Con- 
ference to  go  on  a  mission  to  Newcastle-on-Tyne. 

Elder  John  Sanders  resided  in  Alston,  and  it  was  prophecied  in  the  Saints'  meet- 
ing that  he  should  go  to  Carlisle  and  preach  the  Gospel,  and  that  in  three  months  he 
would  baptize  50  persons.  He  commenced  preaching  at  Carlisle  about  January,  1841, 
and  by  the  time  specified  a  Branch  was  raised  up  in  that  place,  consisting  of  about  50 

At  the  General  Conference,  held  in  Manchester,  April  6th,  1841,  the  Alston, 
Brampton,  and  Carlisle  Branches,  were  included  in  one  Conference,  and  was  known 
by  the  name  of  Brampton  Conference.  Elder  J.  Sanders  was  ordained  a  high  priest, 
and  appointed  to  preside  over  it.  It  then  contained  115  members,  2  Elders,  1  Priest, 
and  1  Teacher. 

Elder  Amos  Fielding  continued  to  labour  in  Newcastle  until  said  Conference,  and 
endured  much  privation,  such  as  sleeping  in  a  quarry  all  night,  &c.  He  succeeded  in 
raising  up  a  Branch,  which  then  consisted  of  23  members,  1  Elder,  3  Priests,  and 
1  Teacher. 

Elder  J.  Sanders  continued  to  labour  about  Carlisle,  &c.,  for  some  time,  and  then 
emigrated  with  his  family  to  Nauvoo. 

Elder  Richard  Benson,  of  Lancashire,  was  next  appointed  to  preside.  He  con- 
tinued a  short  time,  and  also  emigrated  to  Nauvoo. 

Elder  John  Barkei',  the  President  of  Carlisle  Branch,  was  appointed  in  his  stead. 
About  this  time  the  Conference  began  to  be  known  by  the  name  of  "Carlisle"  instead 
of  Brampton  Conference.  In  September,  1843,  soon  after  his  appointment  over  the 
Conference,  Elder  Barker  first  visited  Newcastle,  and  continued  to  labour  there  for 
several  mouths,  and  baptized  a  few. 


During  the  same  year,  the  Sunderland  Branch  was  raised  up.  Elder  Barker  had 
baptized  a  person  in  Carlisle  who  travelled  the  country  with  an  exhibition  of  stuffed 
birds.  In  the  course  of  his  travels  he  came  to  Sunderland,  and  was  exhibiting  his 
birds  in  the  market-place.  One  William  Kent,  a  butcher  there,  thought  that  there 
was  something  peculiar  about  the  man,  and  was  induced  to  ask  him  what  religion  he 
was  of.  Brother  Page  gladly  told  him,  and  lent  him  the  Voice  of  Warning.  Soon 
after  some  of  the  brethren  came  from  Newcastle,  and  baptized  W.  Kent  and  W.  Knox, 
and  others  ;  hence  came  the  Sunderland  Branch. 

Elder  Barker,  who  had  sent  the  brethren  over  from  Newcastle,  soon  came  him- 
self, and  continued  for  some  months,  and  preached  in  different  parts  of  the  town,  and 
baptized  a  few  others.  He  afterwards  returned  to  Carlisle,  and  went  to  work  at  his 
ti'ade;  and,  by  being  industrious  and  saving,  obtained  means  to  take  him  to  America. 
On  obtaining  leave,  he  did  so  in  January,  1846. 

Elder  John  Allan,  of  Lancashire,  succeeded  him  in  the  Presidency  of  the  Con- 
ference. He  went  round  the  Conference,  visited  the  different  Branches,  and  left 
in  a  short  time. 

Elder  Burton,  of  Manchester,  nest  presided.  He  continued  to  labour  for  a  few 
months,  and  then  went  home  to  Machester. 

Elder  David  Candland  was  next  appointed  over  the  Conference.  He  re- 
ceived his  appointment  at  a  General  Conference,  held  in  Manchester,  October  17th, 
1846,  and  continued  his  labours  until  March  1st,  1847,  when,  in  consequence  of  his 
acting  unwisely,  the  Presidency  was  taken  from  him,  and  given  to  Elder  W.  Speak- 
man,  then  a  Travelling  Elder  in  or  about  Clitheroe  Conference;  and  D.  Candland 
and  Charles  Phelps  were  appointed  to  continue  to  labour  in  the  Conference  under  hi.s 

Elder  Speakman  continued  to  preside  from  the  above  date,  until  about  July, 
1850,  during  which  time  many  were  baptized,  and  several  new  Branches  were  raised 
up,  viz ,  North  and  South  Shields  Branches— (Robert  Gillies  and  his  brother  John 
were  the  first  instruments  in  raising  up  these  two  Branches) — Bedlington,  Cramling- 
ton,  Wheatley  Point,  and  several  others. 

Elder  John  Carmichael,  from  Glasgow,  laboured  all  the  time  in  connexion  with 
Elder  Speakman  (according  to  an  appointment  wliich  he  received  from  Elder  Spencer, 
in  Liverpool),  and  with  much  success.  The  names  of  several  local  Elders  might  also 
be  named,  who  devoted  themselves  as  much  as  they  could  to  spread  the  Gospel  in  this 
region— Elder  Robert  Blackett,  who  raised  up  Hartlepool  Branch;  Elder  Bain- 
bridge,  of  Newcastle,  raised  up  Blyth  Branch,  and  travelled  in  that  vicinity  for  some 
time.  Elders  Hare,  Jenkins,  Patterson,  Sewell,  and  others,  assisted  to  raise  up  the 
Branches  in  that  region. 

About  1847  or  1848,  the  name  of  the  Conference  was  changed  to  "  Newcastle-on- 
Tyne,"  from  that  of  "  Carlisle."  Difficulties  were  found  to  exist  for  some  tune  be- 
tween Elder  Speakman  and  quite  a  number  of  the  Saints  throughout  the  Conference, 
and  arose  chiefly  from  the  supposed  bad  conduct  of  Elder  Speakman.  Several  things 
were  laid  to  his  charge  from  time  to  time. 

Elder  G.  D.  Watt  was  appointed  to  come  and  settle  the  difficulticF,  and  apparently 
succeeded  m  setting  things  right;  but  afterwards  Elder  Speakman  acknowledged 
with  sorrow  that  he  had  done  wrong.  He  left  the  conference  about  July,  1850, 
and  went  to  the  London  Conference  as  a  Travelling  Elder. 

Elder  John  S.  Higbee,  from  Great  Salt  Lake  Valley,  was  next  appointed  to  pre- 
side, and  contmued  until  Jan.  1852;  and  then,  through  the  liberality  of  the  Saints, 
returne<l  to  his  family  m  the  Valley  of  the  Mountains.  He  conducted  himself  all  the 
time  as  a  man  of  God,  and  the  Saints  were  blessed  through  his  administrations.  He 
hTlsrael^''        confidence  of  the  Saints,  and  was  esteemed  by  them  a  faithful  Elder 

Elder  A.  M^  Harmon,  also  from  the  Great  Salt  Valley,  was  sent  to  labour  in  the 
Conference  on  October  1st,  1850  ;  and  soon  afterwards  the  Carlisle  Alston   Dalst  en 
and  Annan  Branches  of  the  Conference  were  detached  therefrom  ^ndSf  into  a 
Conference  of  themselves,  to  be  known  as  "  The  CarHsle  Conference  '' and  Mder  A  M 
Harmon  was  appointed  to  preside  over  it.     He  continued  to  labour   here  unShfwY; 


appointed  to  take  the  pastoral  charge  of  Newcastle,  Hull,  and  Carlisle  Conferences. 
He  began  to  fill  said  appointment  in  January,  1852,  and  continued  until  the  spring  of 
the  present  year,  1853,  and  then  returned  to  Zion.  Elder  Harmon  was  a  faithful 
advocate  of  the  cause  of  Zion,  always  keeping  in  view  the  things  to  be  accomplished 
at  the  present  time ;  so  that  those  plans  and  measures,  dictated  by  the  Priesthood 
of  God,  might  be  carried  out.  His  teachings  were  always  calculate  1  to  arouse  the 
energies  of  the  Saints  to  the  building  up  of  Zion,  both  temporarily  and  spiritually. 
He  conducted  himself  as  a  man  of  God,  and  had  the  confidence  of  the  Saints. 

Elder  Wm.  M'Ghie,  from  Glasgow,  succeeded  Elder  Higbee  in  the  Presidency 
of  the  Conference,  and  continued  until  January,  1853,  at  which  time  he  was  removed 
to  Dei'byshire  Conference,  to  preside  over  it.  Elder  M'Ghie  did  not  eat  the  bread  of 
idleness,  but  was  diligent  in  preaching  the  truth  throughout  the  Conference  and*  in 
defending  the  doctrine  of  the  Saints  from  the  attacks  of  wicked  and  unprincipled 
men,  and  the  Saints  were  often  refreshed  and  edified  through  the  able  manner  la 
which  he  held  forth  and  elucidated  the  doctrines  of  the  Latter-Day  Saints. 

Elders  Hutchison  and  Martin,  from  Glasgow,  also  laboured  in  the  Conference 
under  Elder  M'Ghie.  They  laboured  diligently  and  sufiered  much  privation  in  thair 
endeavours  to  break  up  new  ground.     They  have  both  returned  to  Scotland. 

Elder  C.  G.  Webb,  from  the  Great  Salt  Lake  Valley,  succeeded  Elder  Harmon 
in  the  pastoral  charge  of  those  Conferences. 

Elder  T.  Squires  succeeded  Elder  M'Ghie  in  the  Presidency  of  this  Conference. 
Elders  E.  Gardener  and  Moses  Clough,  from  the  Valley,  and  Elders  Pidcock  and 
Smith,  from  the  South,  are  labouring  as  Travelling  Elders  in  the  Conference. 

Elder Galloway,   who  had  laboured   with  success  in  the  Northern  part  of 

the  Conference,  has  lately  been  appointed  to  preside  over  the  Isle  of  Man  Conference. 
This  Conference — (at  the  date  of  writing  this,  June  26th,  1853) — is  considered  to  be 
in  a  healthier  state  than  it  has  heretofore  been.  Elder  Squires  has  been  labouring 
hard  in  getting  proper  arrangements  made  for  the  conducting  the  business  of  the 
Conference.  A  proper  Conference  Record  has  been  obtained,  wlierein  to  record  bap- 
tisms, &c.,  minute  book,  &c.,  that  all  things  might  be  conducted  iu  order,  so  that  the 
blessing  of  the  Lord  may  be  upon  this  Conference. 


ErJ)ERS  C.  G.  "VVebb.  Pastor,  and  Thomas  Squires,  President  of  the  Newcastle-upon- 
Tyne  Conference  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ  of  Latter-Day  Saints,  with  thePresi- 
dents  of  Branches,  and  Travelling  Elders  of  the  above  Conference,  assembled  in^the 
Free  Masons'  Hall,  Queen-street,  Sunderland,  on  Saturday,  the  14th  of  May,  1853,  at 
four  o'clock,  p.m.,  for  the  tran.saction  of  Conference  business.— The  meetmg  was 
opened  by  singing  the  hymn  on  the  180th  page,  and  prayer.  ,     -□  •      t 

Elder  T.  Squires  then  arose,  and  made  a  few  remarks  on  the  Holy  Priesthood, 
showed  that  those  who  were  called  to  act  by  Divine  authority  were  the  most  honour- 
able men  of  all  the  earth ;  called  the  minds  of  the  Priesthood  to  the  purpose  for 
which  they  were  met— to  transact  business  for  the  well  being  of  the  Conference  ; 
requested  them  to  be  attentive,  and  give  heed  to  the  things  which  might  be  brought 


forward.  Act  in  oneness  of  spirit,  so  that  all  things  be  done  in  righteousness.  I  wish 
to  say  to  the  Presidents  of  Branches,  that  we  only  want  these  items  of  business  which 
are  the  most  important ;  the  minor  part  of  business,  such  as  the  changing  of  officers, 
&c.  (except  there  should  require  a  change  of  Presidency),  can  be  attended  to  in  your 
own  branches  as  Elder  Webb  or  I  come  round ;  for  we  want  to  get  through  with  ovxr 
business  as  speedily  as  possible,  so  that  we  may  have  the  most  part  of  to-morrow  for 
instruction,  &c.  Therefore,  I  shall  give  place,  that  we  may  enter  into  the  business  of 
the  Conference. 

Voted  unanimously,  that  Elder  Thomas  Squires  take  the  Presidency  of  the  meet- 
ing, and  Elder  Joshua  Cutts  be  Treasurer. 
Resolved, — 

That  Elder  Rutledge  be  appointed  Book  Agent  for  ShincliEfe  Branch. 

That  Blyth  Branch  be  added  to  Bedlington  Branch. 

That  Derwent  Bi-anch  be  added  to  the  Annfield  Plain  Branch. 

That  Elder  William  Paterson,  who  removed  from  Cramlington  Branch  to  Scotland 
— [having  left  indebted  to  the  general  book  agent,  and  did  not  receive  a  certificate] — 
have  a  certificate  according  to  his  request ;  that  being  on  payment  of  one  poimd,  and 
the  remainder  in  about  one  month. 

That  Elder  Joseph  Neesham  and  wife,  of  Coxhoe  Branch,  be  cut  off — (for  rebel- 
lion and  endeavouring  to  divide  the  branch.) 

That  William  NichoUs  be  ordained  an  Elder,  and  preside  over  Coxhoe  Branch. 

That  John  Robinson  be  appointed  Book  Agent  for  Coxhoe  Branch. 

That  the  meeting  adjourn  for  half  an  hour. 


Met  pursuant  to  adjournment,  and  opened  by  singing  and  prayer. 

After  which  Elder  T.  Squiees  arose,  and  remarked  that  the  dullest  part  of  the 
business  was  done — the  representation  of  the  Branches,  &c. ;  remarked  that  it  was  a 
very  important  part,  and  necessary  to  be  attended  to,  as  it  showed  the  standing  of  the 
Conference.  Intimated  that  the  brethren  who  were  from  the  country  Branches 
would  be  provided  with  beds,  so  that  if  we  should  continue  to  a  late  hour,  they  need 
not  be  troubled  about  that,  for  there  is  a  committee  appointed  to  attend  to  it.  And 
as  we  are  pretty  well  through  with  our  business  matters,  I  wish  to  hear  a  little  from 
Elder  Jacob  Secrist ;  as  he  has  been  travelling  in  Germany,  he  will  be  able  to  tell  us 
of  the  work  of  the  Lord  in  that  part  of  the  world,  that  we  may  be  enlivened  and  led 
to  rejoice. 

Elder  Jacob  Secrist  then  arose,  and  gave  us  a  brief  sketch  of  his  journey  from 
the  Valley,  his  visit  to  his  friends  in  the  United  States,  and  baptism  of  a  German  lady, 
who  had,  on  hearing  his  testimony,  received  the  Holy  Spirit  before  baptism.  His 
voyage  across  the  Atlantic  to  England,  in  company  with  twenty  elders,  making  in  all 
twenty-one,  who  met  regularly  in  their  room  in  the  ship,  for  worship  and  instruction, 
&c.,  where  they  had  many  manifestations  of  the  power  of  God  in  prophecy,  tongues, 
interpretations,  &c.,  even  to  the  controlling  of  the  elements.  Spoke  of  his  mission  to 
Germany,  and  his  labours  in  connection  with  Elders  Carn  and  Riser.  Said  that  many 
of  the  people  were  prepared  to  receive  the  testimony  oT  the  Elders  of  the  Church  ; 
and  if  the  authorities  of  the  country  would  allow  the  Elders  to  preach  and  administer 
the  ordinances  of  the  Church,  there  would  soon  be  a  mighty  in-gathering.  Said  they 
had  succeeded  in  baptizing  a  few,  and  sowing  the  seed  in  various  places,  which  would 
spring  up  and  grow,  and  others  would  yet  reap  the  fruit  of  their  labour.  Showed 
that  they  had  been  led,  guarded,  and  preserved  by  the  Spirit  of  God,  in  their  endea- 
vours to  spread  the  truth  among  that  people.  Mentioned  a  circumstance  of  an  angel 
appearing  to  a  certain  man,  who  was  very  desirous  of  knoNving  the  truth,  and  directing 
him  to  Elder  Carn  at  Hamburgh,  "  saying  that  he  had  the  truth."  Remarked  that 
God  was  the  same  in  this  dispensation  as  he  was  in  the  New  Testament  dispensation, 
and  could  send  an  angel  now  to  honest,  upright  men,  as  he  did  to  Cornelius.  (See 
Acts  X.)  Said  the  reason  of  his  being  present  was  in  consequence  of  having  been 
sent  out  of  Germany  by  the  authorities  of  that  country;  and  that  Elder  Riser  was 
also  sent  out  of  the  country  with  him,  and  that  Elder  Carn  remained.* 

For  further  particulars  sec  "Star,"  No.  23,  vol,  xv. 


Elder  Squires  read  a  letter  which  he  had  received  from  Elder  M'Qhie  (late 
President  of  this  Conference),  about  a  suit  of  clothes  which  he  had  of  Mr.  Hodgen,  of 
Wingate,  for  Elder  A.  Galloway  (late  Travelling  Elder  in  this  Conference).  He 
wished  to  have  the  minds  of  the  brethren  about  it,  as  it  was  not  paid  for.  After  a 
little  deliberation,  it  was  ascertained  that  the  Newcastle,  Cramlington,  Bedlington, 
and  North  and  South  Shields  Branches,  were  responsible  for  the  money,  and  agreed 
to  forward  the  same  as  soon  as  possible  to  the  Conference  Treasurer. 

Elder  Squires  brought  forward  a  Debt  of  ,£2  5s.  owing  to  sister  Soulsby  of 
Newcastle,  by  the  Conference.  ^  The  said  sum  had  been  borrowed  of  her  husband,  to 
assist  Elders  M'Ghie  A.  M.  Harmon,  and  Dorr  P.  Curtis,  in  going  to  London  to  ;  ,ttend 
the  special  Conference.  It  was  ascertained  that  the  Debt  was  due  to  sister  Soulsby — 
and  resolved  that  the  President  of  each  Branch  do  the  best  they  can  to  obtain  the 
money,  and  that  it  be  paid  to  sister  Soulsby  as  soon  as  possible. 

The  meeting  was  then  adjourned,  to  meet  again  the  nest  morning  at  half  past 
10  o'clock.  A.  M. 

State  of  the  General  Book  and  Star  Agency. 

Amount  duo  to  the  Office  at  Liverpool  £75  10    2 

£75  10  2 

Amount     due   bj'  the  Branches  (see )   ^or    i     t 

Table)    . . .  I  ^^^    1    ' 

Amount  of  Stock  and  Cash  In  band 41    3  11 

£76    5    6 

Leaving  a  balance  In  favour  of  the  Agent   of  15    4 

A  Priesthood  meeting  to  be  held  at  Sundei'land,  on  Sunday,  August  14th,  1853. 

A  few  words  of  advice  to  Presidents  and  members  of  Council  of  the  various 
Branches.  The  proceedings  of  the  Council  of  a  Branch  should  be  kept  sacred,  unless 
the}"-  are  of  that  character  that  will  require  co-operation  of  the  Branch  generally.  The 
council  is  the  place  where  the  rej^orts  of  the  Officers  of  the  Branch  are  to  be  given, 
and  as  the  members  of  the  council  are  the  guardians  and  instructors  of  the  Saints,  it 
is  their  duty  to  watch  over  them  continually,  for  good.  The  President  of  the  Branch 
has  the  general  supervision  of  all  things  that  relate  to  the  Branch  over  which  he  pre- 
sides :  it  therefore  becomes  the  duty  of  the  visiting  officers,  to  report  to  him  in  coun- 
cil, all  cases  of  difficulty  among  the  Saints.  After  the  means  of  the  Laws  of  the  Lord 
have  been  resorted  to  in  vain  (See  Matthew,  18  Chap,)  let  the  case  be  fully  inves- 
tigated, and  the  condition  of  the  party  be  properly  represented  to  the  council,  and  an 
antidote  commensurate  with  the  case  he  proposed,  and  it  is  the  duty  of  the  members 
of  the  council,  to  assist  the  President  in  carrying  out  all  measures  which  will  be  for 
the  well-being  of  the  Saints,  and  prosperity  of  the  work. 

How  unwise  the  man  who  designedly  or  inadvertently  as  soon  as  he  leaves  the 
council,  discusses  with  his  wife  or  friend  the  proceedings  thereof.  How  often  is  it  the 
cause  of  much  misunderstanding  and  mischief,  whereas  if  the  case  was  confined  to  its 
proper  sphere,  and  attended  to  in  its  proper  place,  there  would  never  be  so  many 
difficulties  nor  so  much  contention.  Therefore  let  it  become  obligatory  upon  every 
member  of  Council  to  hold  sacred  all  its  proceedings. 

The  Book  and  Star  Agency  of  a  branch  should  not  be  forgotten  by  the  President.  It 
is  highly  important  that  the  Saints  should  be  supplied  \vith  the  standard  works  of 
the  Church,  that  they  may  be  in  possession  of  every  possible  facility  for  the  acquisi- 
tion of  knowledge  pertaining  to  the  work  in  which  they  are  engaged.  It  is  highly 
important  that  our  works  should  have  as  extensive  a  sale  among  strangers  as  possible, 
each  book  or  pamphlet  sold  will  be  an  able  expositor  of  the  ti-uths  of  the  Gospel 
whenever  consulted.  Therefore  it  is  necessary  to  take  an  interest  in  all  things  that 
pertain  to  the  publications  of  the  Church,  and  endeavour  to  keep  their  importance 
continually  before  the  Saints  ;  and  let  the  members  be  shown  the  necessity  of  buying 
up  the  back  Stars  for  distribution  or  otherwise,  and  thereby  assist  in  liquidating  the 
debt  now  standing  at  the  office.  Let  the  President  see  that  the  sub-agents'  accounts 
are  duly  audited  at  the  proper  time,  and  an  account  taken  and  kept,  that  you  may 
have  a  knowledge  of  the  state  thereof. 


The  Perpetual  Emigration  Fund  should  not  be  lost  sight  of.  The  Saints  should 
be  shown  the  importance  of  this  fund,  and  exhorted  to  assist  in  gathering  the  poor 
to  the  Mountains  of  Israel.  Every  soul  gathered  will  be  able  to  return  ten-fold  more 
to  the  gathering  of  the  poor  to  the  Valley  than  he  would  if  he  was  permitted  to 
remain  here.     Therefore  let  the  Saints  be  stired  up  to  remembrance  of  their  duty. 

The  Temple  Fond  or  Offering. — Let  the  Saints  take  an  active  interest  in  this 
fund,  and  co-operate  Avith  their  brethren  in  Zion  in  building  a  Temple  to  the  Lord, 
that  they  may  secure  to  themselves  a  right  to  the  blessings  thereof.  For  more 
information  on  this  subject  see  Star  No.  13,  vol.  15,  page  20. 


After  the  meeting  had  been  opened  by  singing  and  prayer,  Elder  Squires  arose, 
and  made  the  following  remarks.  I  rejoice  to  meet  with  you  this  morning  in  Con- 
ference, and  I  trust  that  we  shall  feel  better  at  the  close  of  this  day,  than  we  do  at 
the  present  time.  "  Mormonism  signifies  more  good,"  and  teaches  us  to  seek  after 
more  truth,  but  it  is  not  my  intention  toj  occupy  much  of  your  time  now,  • 
as  it  is  known  to  most  who  are  present,  that  the  Conference  commenced  yesterday, 
and  by  doing  so,  we  were  enabled  to  get  through  a  good  portion  of  the  business  at 
that  time,  and  I  think  it  would  be  best  for  the  clerk  to  read  over  the  minutes  of  yes- 
terday, and  also  the  representation  of  the  Conference.  In  accordance  with  the 
request  of  President  Squires,  the  clerk  read  over  the  minutes,  &c. 

After  the  representation  had  been  read  over  by  the  clerk.  Elder  Squires  arose, 
and  made  some  remarks  relative  to  a  few  small  debts  that  had  been  contracted  in 
the  Conference,  and  said  he  should  like  to  see  the  brethren  attend  to  these 
things,  as  soon  as  possible.  We  will  next  hear  the  report  of  the  general  book 
Agent,  and  I  wish  the  sub-agents  to  take  notice  whether  the  account  that  is  read  over 
by  the  General  Agent  be  correct,  so  that  if  it  is  not,  it  may  be  corrected.  Elder 
Robson  then  read  over  his  account,  after  which  Elder  Squires  arose  and  said,  that  he 
felt  glad  to  hear  the  report  of  Brother  Robson  concerning  the  Book  Agency.  It  waa 
first  rate,  and  he  felt  satisfied  that  it  was  in  a  good  condition,  but  I  feel  to  say  to  all 
the  Sub-agents,  that  they  must  not  credit  any  books  to  any  person,  no,  not  even  a 
"  Star"  and  if  you  abide  by  this  instruction  you  will  be  right,  and  if  you  do  not  you 
will  get  wrong,  and  bring  a  burthen  upon  the  branches  that  you  will  not  easily  get 
rid  of.  But  I  would  here  remark,  Brethren,  that  I  feel  you  are  good  men,  and  I  have 
found  you  so  since  I  came  into  your  midst,  and  that  you  are  men  that  love  to  obey 
counsel,  and  for  these  things  I  feel  to  love  you  and  you  have  my  confidence,  and  may 
God  bless  you  is  my  prayer,  even  so,  Amen. 

The  next  thing  I  shall  present  before  you  will  be  the  authorities  of  this  Church, 
but  I  feel  before  doing  so,  to  make  a  few  remarks.  I  know  that  since  the  new  Reve- 
lation came  forth,  in  some  places  there  has  been  some  who  have  questioned  the 
motives  of  those  men,  and  have  in  consequence  had  peculiar  feelings  towards  them. 
I  do  not  suppose  that  this  applies  to  any  in  this  congregation,  but  I  wish  to  say  to 
all  present  at  this  time,  that  when  you  vote  for  these  men,  that  you  do  not  vote  in 
the  presence  of  men  alone,  but  also  in  the  presence  of  God  and  angels,  and  if 
you  cannot  vote  with  confidence,  I  would  rather  that  you  voted  against  them  ; 
therefore  vote  as  you  feel,  when  the  resolutions  are  put  to  sustain  those  whom  God 
as  placed  over  you,  for  the  time  has  come  that  you  must  choose  whom  you  will  cleave 
unto.  You  may  think  that  these  remarks  are  severe,  but  I  feel  led  to  say  these 
t'liings  unto  you,  because  when  you  vote  you  covenant  to  uphold  and  sustain  these 
men  in  their  high  and  holy  callings,  whereuuto  they  have  been  called.  The  Presi- 
dent then  presented  the  Authorities  of  the  Church,  who  were  all  sustained  by  the 
unanimous  vote  of  the  Conference. 

Elder  Webb  then  arose,  and  made  a  few  remarks  as  follows  :  Beloved  Brethren, 
this  is  one  of  my  proudest  moments,  you  seem  to  do  up  business  in  a  first  rate  style, 
and  it  rejoices  my  heart  to  see  the  same,  a  oneness  characterizes  all  your  movements, 
and  if  this  spirit  continues  in  your  midst  you  will  be  blest,  but  I  have  a  few  words 
to  say  respecting  Elder  Squires  ;  you  know  what  he  needs ;  he  requires  food,  clothing 
&,o.     And  if  you  feel  to  uphold  and  sustain  him  in  these  things,  as  well  as  by  your 


faith  and  prayers,  I  wish  you  to  manifest  the  same,  by  raising  the  right  hand.    A 
clear  vote. 

After  some  other  little  items  of  business  had  been  attended  to,  Elder  Squires 
arose,  a  nd  made  a  few  concluding  remarks,  and  said,  I  have  been  in  many  diflScul- 
ties  in  this  kingdom,  since  I  became  one  of  its  members,  but  I  have  always  got 
through  ;  and  I  feel  still  to  go  ahead,  and  am  not  afraid  to  prophecy  that  we  shall  do 
all  that  is  required  at  our  hands.  And  as  the  saints  in  the  south  part  of  the  Confe- 
rence have'  had  nothing  to  contend  with,  compared  with  the  north,  I  would  like 
them  now  to  lay  hold,  and  assist  their  brethren  out  of  present  difficulties,  and  thus 
show  their  attachment  and  love  for  the  cause  of  truth,  and  then  we  shall  all  feel 
first  rate.  I  wish  also  to  say  a  few  words  about  the  Newcastle  Branch,  for  I  feel 
interested  in  that  place,  and  feel  to  push  the  battle  to  the  gate.  I  have  given 
instructions  to  the  brethren  there,  to  take  two  or  three  more  Halls,  and  I  feel  by  the 
next  Conference,  that  instead  of  being  only  one  branch  in  that  place,  there  will  be  two 
or  three,  for  I  feel  God  is  going  to  bless  our  labours  among  that  people,  and  that  we 
shall  gather  some  of  the  rich  into  the  Church.  Brethren,  I  want  us  to  feel  our 
position,  and   realize  our  calling,  that  we  may  be  blessed  of  the  Lord,  and  my  prayer 

is  that  God  may  bless  you.     Even  so.  Amen. 

Aftei'wards  a  hymn   was  sung,  and  the  meeting  dismissed,  with  a  benediction 

from  Elder  Galloway. 


The  meeting  was  opened  by  Elder  Squires  giving  out  the  Hymn  on  the  293rd 
page,  which  was  sung  by  the  Choir.  Prayer  was  offered  up  by  Elder  Gardner,  after 
which  the  hymn  on  the  294th  page  was  sung.  Elder  Squires  arose,  and  made  the 
following  remarks.  Beloved  Brethren,  and  sisters,  I  feel  glad  to  see  a  good  company 
together  this  afternoon,  and  no  doubt  this  afternoon  will  be  a  time  of  rejoicing,  and 
while  God's  servants  are  addressing  us,  let  us  pray  for  them,  that  they  may  enjoy 
much  of  the  Holy  Spirit,  that  we  may  be  edified  and  built  up  by  the  instructions 
which  they  may  give.  But  this  is  not  my  object  in  rising  at  this  time,  but  I  have 
learned  that  there  has  been  some  baptized  since  the  report  was  sent  in,  viz.,  five  in 
Newcastle,  and  one  in  Sunderland. 

I  had  thought  that  we  should  baptized  100,  but  we  have  fallen  a  little  short 
of  that,  yet  we  have  done  pretty  well. 

You  will  perceive  that  in  Newcastle,  the  work  is  beginning  to  prosper,  and  I  feel 
(especially  in  large  towns)  to  push  the  work  ahead.  There  is  plenty  of  room  in  Sun- 
derland, to  take  one  or  two  more  rooms,  and  I  feel  to  say  to  the  Brethren,  let  it  be 
so,  and  as  I  said  this  morning,  let  us  "  push  the  battle  to  the  gate,"  and  so  accom- 
plish a  great  work  in  this  region  of  country.  And  I  feel  to  bless  you  in  the  name  of 
the  Lord.     Even  so,  Amen. 

Elder  Webb  arose,  and  said,  Bretheren  and  Sisters,  I  do  not  rise  to  address  the 
meeting  myself,  but  to  introduce  some  of  the  visiting  brethren,  and  I  have  no  doubt 
but  the  saints  will  rejoice  to  hear  from  them.  And  as  we  have  Elders  Secrist, 
Galloway,  and  Hardy,  I  intend  to  hear  from  them  all  before  the  day  is  past ;  and  I 
have  no  doubt,  but  what  these  brethren  will  edify  and  instruct  you,  and  that  you 
■will  go  away  from  this  meeting  rejoicing  in  truths  which  will  be  brought  forth  by 
these  men  :  and  may  God  bless  you  with  an  attentive  ear.  I  shall  now  give  way,  and 
introduce  Elder  Galloway, 

Elder  Galloway — I  delight  to  have  the  opportunity  of  meeting  with  you  at 
this  time,  although  for  my  own  part,  I  would  rather  have  sat  and  heard  those  speak 
that  are  placed  over  us,  than  speak  myself ;  nevertheless,  I  prize  the  privilege  to 
stand  before  you  in  this  Conference  assembled.  While  I  sat  in  the  meeting  this 
'  forenoon,  I  felt  to  say  in  my  soul,  that  you  were  blest  with  good  men  to  rule 
over  you,  and  that  they  were  inspired  vnth  the  Holy  Spirit,  from  on  High ;  and 
1  know  that  they  will  bless  you,  inasmuch  as  you  will  obey  their  counsel,  and  walk 
before  all  men  as  becometh  saints  of  God.  I  believe  that  the  dawn  of  a  brighter  day, 
has  shone  upon  this  Conference,  and  that  there  are  hundreds  of  honest  people  who 
are  waiting  for  the  servants  of  God  to  come  and  proclaim  the  principles  of  Eternal 

(  10  ) 

truth  unto  them,  and  lead  them  on  to  those  things  that  are  calculated  to  enrich  the 
mind,  and  inform  the  judgment  of  every  faithful  saint.     It  would  have  afforded  me 
pleasure  to  remain  with  you  another  summer,  but  still  I  believe  it  is  all  right ;  yet  I 
must  say,  that  I  have  a  strong  attachment  to  this  Conference,  and  shall  ever  feel  an 
interest  in  your  welfare.     Brethren,  the  work  we  are  engaged  in,  is  able  to  accomplish 
all  that  man  ever  thought  of,  and  as  I  once  heard  a  servant  of  God    say,  it  is  able  to 
accomplish  all  that  ever  God  thought  of.     Then,  while  we  live  in  a  day  when  Reve- 
lation is  again   enjoyed  by  the  children  of  men,    what  kind  of  people   ought  we    to 
be,  seeing  that    we  have  been   made  partakers  of  those   truths   which   have  been 
revealed  by  the  God  of  Heaven  ?     And  I  say,  brethren,  if  it  has  brought  us  peace  and 
joy,  should  we  confine  it  to  ourselves,  while  hundreds  are  dying  for  the  lack  of  the 
everlasting  Gospel  ?     No  !  no  !  Brethren,  let  us  , while  the  day  lasts,  put  upon  us  the 
helmet  of  salvation,   buckle  upon  us  the  sword  of  truth,  go  forth  as  men,    clothed 
upon  with  the  Priesthood  of  God,  and  lift  up  our  voice  in  proclaiming  the  truth,  and 
the  day  shall  come,  when  many  shall  rise  and  thank  God  that   ever  the  sound  of  the 
Gospel  reached  their  ears  thro  ugh  our  instrumentality,  as  servants  of  God.     They 
will  be  enabled  to  build  upon  the  foundation  of  Apostles,  and  Prophets.     Yes,  I  say 
brethren,  if  you  are  faithful  in  your  calling  this  season,  many  shall  rise,  and  call  you 
blessed  for  these  things.     We  live  in  a  peculiar  day,  an  age  in  which  God  has  spoken 
from  the  Heavens,  and  has  held  converse  with  men,  and  given  unto  them  the  Holy 
Priesthood,  whereby  they  can  attend  to  the  ordinances  of  the  house  of  God.     Yes, 
brethren,  and  sisters,  we  are  a  .people  that  know  for  ourselves,  and  can  say  as  did 
John,  "  th  t  we  know  we  are  of  God,  and  the  whole  world  lieth  in  the  arms  of  the 
wicked  one."  And  it  is  this  knowledge  that  has  enabled  this  Church  to  pass  through 
the  difficulties  it  has  been  called   to  pass  through,   kno\\ing  that  nothing  could 
overcome   them  while  they  had  the   Holy  Priesthood  in  their  midst ;  then  I  say  let 
those  who  hold  the  Holy  Priesthood,  go  forth  like  men  of  God,  and  as  Elder  Squires 
said,  "  push   the  battle  to  the  gate"  and  manifest  that  we  are  a  people  that  feel  for 
our  fellow  men.     I  say,  let  us  use  every  lawful  means  to  accomplish  these  things,  for 
you  have  men  in  your  midst  that  are  able  to  lead  you  on  to  accomplish  these  things ; 
for  they  are  filled  %vith  knowledge,  light,  and  intelligence.     Then  I  say,  uphold  them 
by  your  faith  and  prayers,  and  abide  by  the  counsel  and  instruction  which  they  may 
give  from  time  to  time,  and  they  will  lead  you  on  to  obtain  life  everlasting.     Then, 
my  brethren,  and  sisters,  it  is  no  mean  thing  to  be  *a  Saint  in  very  deed,  for  remem- 
ber the  actions   of  the   saints  are  looked  at  by  those  who  are  around  them  ;  let  our 
conduct  therefore  be  according  to   our  profession,  and  let  us  be  Saints  indeed,  for  it 
is  not  the  name  alone  that  is  going  to   save  us,   but  it  is  by  keeping  the  command- 
ments of  God.     Brethren,  before  I  came  to  this   meeting  I  felt  that  we  should  enjoy 
much  of  the  Holy  Spirit   of  God,   and  although  I  felt  that  circumstances  were  con- 
spiring  against  my  coming,   even  the  very  elements  seemed  to   conspire  against  me, 
yet  by  faith  and  works,  I  am  in  your  midst,  audi  feel  to  rejoice.     I,hope  to  get 
filled  with  the  Holy  Spirit,  and  go  back  to  my  field  of  labour,  enjoying  the  good 
things  which  I  have  received,  while  at  this  Conference.     But  as  we  have  those  in  our 
midst,  that  will  edify  you  much  better  than  myself,  I  will  sit  down  and  give  way  for 
them  to  speak,  praying  God  to  bless  you  all,  from  henceforth  and  for  ever,  through 
Jesus  Christ.  Amen. 

Elder  Secrist — I  am  glad  to  stand  before  you  at  this  time.  How  much  I  shall 
say  to  your  edification  I  cannot  tell,  but  I  will  do  my  best.  Many  reflections  have 
passed  through  my  mind  while  I  have  been  with  you.  Our  brother  who  last  spoke 
said  he  should  go  back  to  his  field  of  labour  and  take  the  Spirit  with  him  ;  but  I  say, 
brethren,  that  he  has  brought  the  Spirit  of  God  with  him  to  this  meeting.  I  have 
felt  greatly  to  rejoice  while  I  have  been  in  your  company,  and  the  way  that  you  do 
up  business  in  this  place  is  just  the  style  we  have  in  the  Valley.  We,  as  a  people,  do 
not  believe  alone,  but  we  know  for  ourselves  that  these  things  are  true,  and  all 
people  can  know  the  same  if  they  will  humble  themselves,  aud  be  baptised  for  the 
remission  of  sin,  and  have  the  imposition  of  hands  for  the  reception  of  the  Holy 
Ghost.  I  was  glad  to  hear  that  the  brethren  were  going  to  push  the  work  on  in  this 
Conference.  I  had  thought,  seeing  that  there  were  so  many  Elders  from  the  Valley, 
and  so  many  in  this  country,  that  the  Gospel  must  have  been  preached  in  every  place  ; 
but  in  this  I  find  myself  mistaken,  for  it  appears  that  there  are  places  where  the  souncl 


of  the  Gospel  has  never  been  heard.  I  feel,  like  Elder  Galloway,  that  the  time  has 
come  for  good  to  be  done  in  this  place,  and  I  have  my  reasons  for  saying  so.  If  we 
will  let  our  light  shine  before  men  we  shall  be  blest,  and  if  I  enjoy  as  much  of  the 
spirit  as  I  have  done  in  Germany,  I  shall  be  satisfied,  for  I  have  felt  greatly  blest. 
Yet  I  have  felt  sometimes  a  kind  of  righteous  indignation  when  I  have  heard  men 
blaspheme  and  vilify  the  characters  of  those  men  whom  I  know  to  be  the  chosen  of 
the  Lord.  The  people  in  Germany  were  ready  to  hear  the  Gospel,  but  we  were  not 
allowed  to  preach  to  them,  yet  I  have  felt  blest  all  the  time ;  and  when  I  got  to  Hull 
among  the  Saints  I  felt  just  right,  for  they  are  full  of  holy  fire  in  that  place  at  the 
present  time,  and  full  of  the  Spu-it  of  God,  for  they  have  good  men  over  them.  And 
if  we  are  good  men  and  servants  of  the  Most  High,  we  shall  win  all  the  honest,  the 
upright,  and  the  pure  minded  over  to  obey  the  truth,  for  light  will  cleave  to  light, 
honesty  will  cleave  to  the  truth,  and  purity  will  seek  the  company  of  those  who  are 
like  minded. 

I  feel  sorry  that  Elder  Webb's  health  is  so  poor,  for  I  know  that  he  is  full 
of  teaching,  and  I  love  to  hear  his  voice.  I  have  heard  it  many  times  in  days  that 
are  past,  and  I  hope  by  our  prayers  that  we  shall  yet  hear  something  that  will  do  us 
good  from  him.  Brethren,  it  is  my  duty  to  go  forth  .  and  save  myself,  and  not  for 
Brother  Webb  or  any  one  else  to  do  it  for  me.  I  can  read  the  Bible  and  can  hear 
instructions  that  may  be  given ;  but  it  is  for  me  to  go  forth  and  comply  with  the 
requirements  of  God's  law  as  taught  in  the  Scriptures,  and  by  his  servants  upon  the 
face  of  the  earth. 

The  speaker  then  bore  testimony  to  the  power  of  God,  which  he  had  seen  and  felt 
since  he  became  a  member  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ  of  Latter-day  Saints,  and 
said,  I  know  that  Brigham  Young  is  a  Prophet  of  God,  and  I  have  signed  my  name 
to  this  testimony  in  Germany,  and  I  am  glad  of  it.  In  conclusion  I  would  say. 
Brethren  and  Sisters,  that  the  Spirit  of  God  that  is  with  his  people  in  the  Valley  will 
be  felt  by  all  the  natives  of  the  earth,  and  all  shall  yet  acknowledge  the  divine 
authenticity  of  the  \^ork  in  which  you  and  I  are  engaged.  I  pray  God  to  bless  each 
of  us  with  much  of  his  Holy  Spirit  through  all  the  subsequent  vicissitudes  of  mortal 
life.     Even  so.  Amen. 

Elder  Gardner, — Brethren  and  Sisters,  like  the  rest,  I  feel  to  rejoice,  and  in  fact  I 
rejoice  all  the  time  that  I  have  been  in  England,  for  I  have  nothing  to  trouble  me, 
except  this  colliery  smoke  that  troubles  me  some  times.  Elder  Secrist  said  that  he 
was  no  preacher,  but  I  know  him  to  be  a  good  man,  and  although  he  has  not  said 
much  he  has  spoken  first  rate.  I,  like  him,  could  farm  and  chop  wood  much  better 
than  preach,  but  still  I  am  ready  to  do  whatever  I  am  set  to. 

While  I  have  been  in  this  Conference  I  have  ^\itnessed  that  the  spuit  of  God  has 
been  enjoyed  all  the  time,  and'  I  also  have  rejoiced  to  hear  of  wars  and  rumour  of 
wars,  and  I  say  God  speed  them  on  just  as  it  is  his  will  to  do  so,  for  it  is  all  for  the 
best ;  so  let  them  come,  and  it  will  suit  me  much  better  than  any  other  thing,  for  the 
sooner  they  come  the  sooner  the  work  will  be  accomplished.  Brethren  and  Sisters, 
there  is  power  enough  here  in  this  place,  if  it  were  put  in  proper  order,  and  fully 
exercised,  to  storm  nations.  Well,  what  does  it  want  ?  Why,  unity  and  obedience 
to  the  commandments  of  God,  living  by  every  word  that  proceeds  from  his  mouth, 
and  contend  for  the  faith  once  delivered  to  the  Saints.  If  we  had  as  much  faith  as  a 
grain  of  mustard  seed,  what  could  we  accomplish  !  Do  you  believe  the  Scriptures  ? 
they  say  the  earth  is  the  Lord's  and  the  fulness  thereof,  with  the  cattle  upon  a 
thousand  hills  !  There  is  enough  for  all !  We  have  got  to  work  for  them  and  they 
are  all  ours  throxigh  obedience ;  but  the  thing  is  how  to  get  at  them,  this  seems 
the  most  difficult  point  at  present.  But  I  am  not  going  to  stand  and  talk  to  you  at 
this  time,  as  there  are  those  present  who  can  talk  much  better.  May  the  Lord  bless 
you  now  and  for  ever.     Amen. 

Elder  Gillies  arose  and  said,  Brethren  and  Sisters,  I  may  say  that  I  am  taken  by 
surprise,  for  I  never  expected  to  stand  before  you  this  day ;  but  whenever  I  am 
called  upon  I  feel  to  comply,  this  has  been  my  ride  ever  since  I  obeyed  the  Gospel. 
I  know  that  this  is  the  work  of  God  by  the  power  and  Spirit  of  the  Lord,  and  every 
man  and  every  woman  has  the  opportunity  to  prove  it  for  themselves.  And  unless 
we  have  this  knowledge  we  shall  not  be  able  to  stand  in  this  Church,  for  it  is  by 
intelligence  that  we  shall  obtain  a  seat  in  the  celestial  kingdom  of  God.     Perhaps  it 


may  be  well  for  me  to  tell  you  how  I  am  getting  on  lu  the  world,  as  I  shall  not  have 
the  opportunity  to  speak  to  you  personallj',  so  I  will  tell  you  while  I  am  here. 

There  never  was  a  time  when  I  felt  so  much  to  rejoice  in  the  work  of  God  as  I 
do  at  the  present  time,  although  I  have  been  in  the  Church  for  eleven  years.  I 
believe  that  there  are  honest  people  in  every  place  upon  earth,  and  there  is  only  one 
thing  that  grieves  me,  and  that  is,  I  cannot  be '  in  two  places  at  once ;  but  still  I 
rejoice  that  the  seed  is  sown  and  will  spring  up,  and  I  say  that  he  is  a  poor  Mormon 
that  cannot  make  another.  Thus  you  perceive  I  look  upon  all  the  Saints  as  preachers, 
both  brethren  and  sisters,  and  by  this  means  will  the  Go.spel  spread  among  the 

The  Speaker  then  went  on  to  show  how  the  work  had  taken  hold  in  the  place 
where  he  resided,  and  said  that  the  Devil  had  determined  to  convert  all  the  people 
and  let  the  Lord  have  none.  But  yet  the  Saints  were  doing  all  they  couldto  save 
some.  He  then  went  on  to  show  what  the  principle  of  unity  would  accomplish,  and 
urged  upon  tbe  Saints  to  be  faithful  in  the  work  in  which  they  had  engaged,  observ- 
ing that  although  he  had  desired  to  go  to  Zion  for  the  last  eleven  years,  yet  he  did 
not  see  at  this  time  when  he  should  go,  but  he  felt  to  say  that  he  should  go  as  soon 
as  the  Lord  wanted  him.  These  were  his  feelings  upon  the  matter,  and  his  deter- 
mination was  to  do  whatever  the  Lord  wished  him  to  do.  He  continued,  and  that  is 
easily  to  be  comprehended,  for  when  the  servants  of  the  Lord  say  anything  unto  me 
I  have  no  need  to  go  to  the  Lord  about  it,  for  they  are  the  mouthpiece  of  the  Lord 
unto  me.  May  the  Lord  bless  you,  is  the  prayer  of  my  heart,  in  the  name  of  Jesus. 

Elder  Squires— As  there  are  a  few  minutes  left  I  feel  to  occupy  them  for  our 
mutual  edification,  yet  I  have  so  many  things  upon  my  mind  I  know  not  where  to 
begin  ;  but  I  will  say  a  word  about  the  work  of  the  Lord.  Elder  Secrist  said,  that 
Elder  Galloway  had  brought  the  Spirit  with  him.  I  feel  to  say  the  same,  for  I  felt  the 
Spirit  wliile  he  was  speaking,  and  I  have  rejoiced  in  what  has  been  said  by  all  the 
brethren,  who  have  spoken  ;  and  as  Elder  Snow  said  when  he  prophesied  in  Italy,  that 
after  he  had  prophesied,  he  wished  the  brethren  to  go  forth  and  fulfil  the  prediction. 
I  wish  the  same  spirit  to  be  in  this  Gonfei-ence,  and  as  I  said  at  the  commencement  of 
this  meeting  about  the  Saints  in  this  place  getting  another  Hall,  I  say  let  this  thing 
be  done,  and  bring  all  the  force  yoti  can,  both  out  of  doors,  and  in  doors,  to  proclaim 
the  principles  of  Eternal  Life  to  the  people. 

Some  of  you  may  say,  I  have  preached  in  this  place,  and  in  the  other  place,  and  I 
think  we  need  not  preach  there  again  ;  but,  my  beloved  Brethren,  I  think  different, 
for  it  is  no  rule  to  go  by,  for  as  all  com  is  not  ripe  at  the  same  time,  neither  is  all 
places  were  the  Brethren  preach  ready  for  the  Gospel  at  one  time.  I  have  known 
places  that  have  been  sealed  up,  and  men  have  gone  and  broke  these  seals,  and  have 
done  much  good,  for  the  Lord  has  not  sent  us  forth  to  seal  up  the  people,  but  to  save 

It  is  well  known  that  we  have  had  many  things  to  contend  with,  and  it  has  been 
a  matter  of  astonishment  to  many  how  the  work  has  rolled  on,  yet  it  has  gone  on,  and 
we  give  God  the  glory.  Beloved  brethren,  we  come  in  contact  with  many  things 
while  preaching  the  Gospel  in  the  woi'ld,  that  are  very  unpleasant,  but  we  must  take 
up  the  cross.  Now  perhaps  when  we  go  forth,  we  shall  be  called  upon  to  answer 
many  questions,  and  it  will  require  much  wisdom  to  go  among  the  people,  but  I 
would  say  to  the  Brethren,  if  you  meet  with  a  contentious  person,  have  nothing  to  do 
with  him,  but  if  he  be  a  honest  man,  answer  him  his  questions ;  but  it  is  not  wise  to 
answer  many  things  in  the  open  air,  lest  you  gather  a  mob  about  you ;  but  if  he 
wishes  to  talk  with  you,  go  with  him  to  his  house,  and  talk  with  him  on  the  way 
home.  But  above  all,  avoid  useless  discussions,  for  I  have  no  faith  in  them,  for  I 
never  knew  them  do  much  good;  and  as  Elder  Secrist  said,  let  us  pi'each  those  things 
which  we  know  to  be  true;  for  true  greatness  does  not  consist  in  teaching  that  we 
do  not  know,  but  in  doing  the  most  good  in  the  best  way  we  can  ;  and  that  is  a  great 
man  who  does  the  most  good.  There  are  many  men  that  have  wisdom,  so  far  as  the 
wisdom  of  this  world  is  concerned,  while  a  man  that  can  scarcely  read  comes  along 
and  tells  the  wise  that  he  has  received  the  Gospel  of  truth,  and  that  he  knows  it  to  be 
true ;  and  then  bears  his  testimony  to  the  same.  These  wise  men  cannot  help  but 
feel  the  weight  of  his  testimony  that  he  bears  to  them. 


I  once  was  talking  with  a  person,  and  finding  that  he  was  all  for  contention,  I 
felt  by  the  Spirit  of  God  to  bear  my  testimony  to  him  ;  and  while  I  did  so,  he  began 
to  tremble,  and  falter,  and  could  not  stay  with  me  any  longer.  And,  my  brethren, 
there  is  a  great  deal  in  bearing  testimony  ;  this  is  a  very  important  part  of  our  mission 
to  testify  to  the  truth.  I  feel  to  love  you,  and  I  believe  that  you  love  me  ;  and  thia 
morning  when  I  saw  you  lift  up  your  hands,'I  said  in  my  heart,  God  bless  this  people. 
Beloved  saints,  we  have  many  duties  placed  upon  us,  and  sometimes  we  feel  as  if 
we  had  too  much ;  but  yet  I  feel  we  can  do  all  things  that  are  given  us  to  do  if  we  are 
united,  and  while  our  brethren  fi-om  America  have  been  talking  about  Temples  in 
that  land,  let  me  ask  how  have  they  been  reared]  I  answer,  by  sacrifice  !  and  as  we 
sing,  "  Sacrifice  brings  forth  the  blessings  of  Heaven"  so  let  it  be  with  us.  The 
speaker  then  exhorted  the  Saints  to  send  their  offerings  to  the  Temple,  and 
showed  the  blessings  to  be  received  thereby.  After  speaking  upon  these  things, 
he  addressed  the  Presidents  of  Branches,  and  told  them  to  seek  for  the  Spirit  of  God, 
and  pray  much  that  they  might  enjoy  the  Holy  Spirit  of  Truth  ;  observing,  you  have 
my  blessing,  and  I  would  say,  do  not  be  in  too  great  a  hurry  to  cut  people  off  from 
the  Church,  for  that  man  who  is  so  fond  of  cutting  off,  is  going  the  way  to  be  cut  off 
himself.  And  hence  I  feel  to  say.  Brethren,  seek  for  ^visdom  to  guide  you  in  all 
your  ways  ;  and  in  conclusion,  I  say,  may  the  Lord  bless  you  in  all  your  righteous 
undertakings.  As  it  is  time  to  bring  this  meeting  to  a  close,  or  rather  adjourn,  for  I 
expect  to  have  a  good  time  this  evening,  and  brethren  and  sisters  come  together  to 
enjoy  these  blessings  ;  I  will  not  detain  you  longer,  but  ask  for  a  continuance  of  the 
blessing  we  enjoy.  Amen. 

Elder  Robson  then  gave  out  the  Hymn  on  the  199th  Page,  which  was  sung  by 
the  Choir,  and  the  meeting  was  dismissed  with  benediction  by  Elder  Secrist. 


Opened  by  singing  and  prayer.     Elder  Webb  then  arose  and  introduced  Elder 
J.  T.  Hardy,  and  said,  he  wished  those  who  were  interested  in  the  principles  of  truth 
to  have  their  faith  in  exercise  for  the  speaker.     That  those   who  had  come  here  to 
be  instructed  might  not  be  disappointed.     Elder  Hardy  then  arose  and  said,  that  he 
felt  his  weakness  as  a  servant  of  God,  and  his  health  was  not  good,  he  had  nothing 
prepared,  but  trusted  he  would  be  dictated  by  the  Spirit  of  Truth,  that  both  the 
Saints  and  our  friends  might  have  a  portion  of  truth  meted  out  to  them.    He  showed 
that  the  principle  of  continued  revelation  was  a  principle  of  the  Church  of  Christ 
now  as  well  as  anciently ;  that  the  Church  in  all  ages  produced  Scripture.     Said  that 
we  do  not  believe  so  much  of  our  religion  should  be  written  on  parchment,  and  be 
confined  to  believe  that  and  no  more  ;  but  we  believe  that  God  would  continue  to 
give  new  Revelations  from  year  to  year,  and  from  month  to  month,  and  from  day  to 
day.     We  do  not  suppose  that  our  friends  can  see  as  we  do,  without  they  take  the 
same  course  that  we  have  done  ;  but  if  they  will  obey  the  doctrine  of  Christ  as  we 
have,  they  would  know  for  themselves  that  it  was  of  God  as  we  do.     He  said  that  he 
used  to  read  the  Scriptures  before  he  became  a  Saint,  and  sometimes  wondered  why 
things  did  not  exist  in  the  church  now  as  ihey  did  in  the  Apostles'  days,  he  often  wished 
that  he  lived  in  the  Apostles'  days.     He  bore  testimony  that  we  were  now  privileged 
to  live  in  the  Apostles'  days ;  that  a  new  dispensation  was  ushered  in ;  that  the 
Kingdom  of  God  was  again  set  up  on  the  earth,  &c.     Said  that  there  might  be   some 
here  who  belong  to  other  churches,  and  no  doubt  were  many  a  time  at  a  loss  to  know 
if  they  were  right,  and  more  especially,  if  they  had  heard  the  Saints  often  ;  but  if 
they  would  go  to  their  minister  and  ask  them  about  baptism,  &c.,  they  would  say  it 
was  not  essential,[and  such  things  were  done  away  with,  bat  for  all  they  could  say, 
still  there  was  a  secret  something,  that  told  them  that  the  Saints'  principles  were  true, 
&c.     He  made  some  remarks  on  priesthood,  and  about  the  reign  of  Christ  and  his 
Saints  on  the  earth,  &c.     He  referred  to  a  remark  made  by  our  beloved  President, 
that   as  we   had   revealed  to  us  the  more  advanced  principles   of   truth,     we  re- 
quired increased  wisdom  to  handle  them  aright.     Compared  them  to  a  knife  blade  : 


first  it  was  raoulten  out  of  the  stone  into  the  bar  of  steel,  then  put  into  the  fire  and 
brought  out  on  to  the  anvil  and  hammered  into  the  shape  of  a  blade,  but  was  not 
sharp ;  but  taking  it  to  the  'grindstone,  every  turn  of  the  stone  makes  it  sharper 
and  sharper  until  it  is  as  sharp  as  a  razor,  and  care  must  then  be  taken  in  using  it,  or 
it  would  cut  our  fingers. 

Elder  Webb  followed,  and  said  that  he  was  much  gratified  at  the  day's  proceed- 
ings ;  said  that  he  had  rejoiced  iu  the  principles  of  the  Gospel  for  half  his  life  (about 
nineteen  years).  To  him  they  did  not  wax  old,  but  were  his  supreme  delight  from 
day  to  day,  &c.  Said  that  the  most  degraded  being  upon  the  face  of  the  earth  could 
see  that  great  division  existed  among  mankind  ;  but  what  is  the  cause  of  it  ]  The 
great  cause  of  such  a  direful  state  of  things,  is  in  consequence  of  men  taking  upon 
them  to  promulgate  principles  among  the  children  of  men,  which  they  themselves  do 
not  understand  and  know  to  be  true,  and  therefore  could  not  be  united,  as  truth  is  the 
basis  of  that  union,  which  will  bring  peace  and  happiness  to  mankind;  but  what  shall 
be  done  to  cure  this  great  evil  1  the  only  way  is,  for  men  to  obey  the  principles  of  the 
Gospel.  Let  the  Gospel  be  obeyed,  and  acted  upon,  and  union  is  the  result  !  It  is  the 
same  in  every  nation  where  it  is  found,  which  is  proof  positive ;  that  it  is  the  right 
system  to  bring  peace  and  hap])iness  to  mankind.  Jesus  laid  down  the  plan,  but 
men  have  departed  from  it,  and  have  introduced  plans  of  their  own,  which  have  caused 
all  this  division.  I  cannot  conceive  of  the  Gospel  causing  division,  for  it  is  the  basis 
of  union.  The  Gospel  is  truth,  truth  is  light,  and  if  men  have  light,  they  will  act  in 
union,  a  oneness  of  effort  will  characterise  all  their  movements,  for  they  will  be  one. 
And  now  let  us  endeavour  to  be  one,  and  carry  out  the  instructions  which  have  been 
given  us  this  day,  so  that  we  may  be  benefited,  the  Gospel  spread,  and  the  kingdom 
of  God  built  up. 

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